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What are baby blues?

If you are feeling a little weepy, having trouble resting, or feeling anxious about being a mother in the first week or so after birth, you aren't alone. As many as 70 to 80 percent of postpartum women have symptoms of the "baby blues." Changes in hormone levels, lack of sleep, physical discomforts, and the life changes experienced with the birth of a baby all contribute to this condition. Each woman may experience symptoms differently.

Baby blues are characterized by:

  • Feelings of disappointment
  • Crying with no known reason
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness

What is postpartum depression?

Usually, baby blues disappear within two weeks after birth. In most cases this occurs without treatment. However, a few women may experience postpartum depression. This condition is much more serious and longer-lasting than baby blues. Postpartum depression is more common in women who have had depression following another birth, or other forms of depression. It is also more likely to occur in women who have experienced very stressful life events or who do not have support at home.

The following are some of the most common symptoms of postpartum depression:

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Poor concentration
  • Confusion
  • A fear of harming your newborn or yourself
  • Mood swings characterized by exaggerated highs and/or lows
  • Diminished libido (sex drive)
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Uncontrolled crying and with no known cause
  • Overconcern/over attentiveness for the newborn and/or a lack of interest for the newborn
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Resentment
  • Memory loss
  • Feelings of isolation

If you have any of the symptoms of depression, you need to seek proper treatment early, not only to ensure that your newborn remains safe and properly cared for, but also so that you can resolve these symptoms and experience all the joys of motherhood. Treatment for postpartum depression may include medications, counseling, and support group therapy.

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